EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Sometimes I think that I am the luckiest person in the world. Not
only do I live in Laguna Beach, but I also have a job writing about
the city and the people who live here. When I’m not writing about
locals, I get to write about things happening in the community or
people affecting Laguna Beach.
Peeking into an artist’s mind or talking to someone producing a
local play, or visiting a classroom and sitting in on what the
children are learning all add up to life experiences that I will
never forget. It gives me an education every day that is priceless.
One of the coolest things is to be able to meet people, talk to them
and get a chance to gain a little perspective through their
Recently I had an opportunity to have a phone interview with Jane
Goodall, while she was in London. The experience was very surreal to
say the least. I had the opportunity to speak with Goodall because
she is making her first appearance in Laguna Beach on Sept. 18.
Goodall is coming to the Festival of Arts that evening for a benefit
for The Cougar Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute. There will be a
presentation, silent auction and wildlife exhibits as well as a VIP
Goodall recently became part of the board of directors for The
Cougar Fund after learning through her longtime friend,
world-renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen, that they
were being killed throughout the U.S. and that their population was
being seriously effected. Mangelsen, who will also be at the benefit,
and local Cara Shea Blessley started The Cougar Fund. Together they
made a documentary and published a book about the cougar and its
The benefit will be 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Festival of
Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets range in price from $50 to $300
and can be purchased at www.tickets.com or 1-800-225-2277.
It’s an incredible story and an amazing cause. I was fortunate to
hear about it through Blessley’s, Mangelsen’s and Goodall’s
perspective. I look forward to sharing my experience of talking with
Goodall in my next column. In the meantime, there are a lot of Laguna
Beach happenings this weekend to write about.
Surf Culture music and film
This Sunday the Music in the Park Concert Series features the surf
band Ho Dads, who will be playing in conjunction with Laguna Art
Museum’s ongoing exhibit and surf series Surf Culture. The Ho Dads
are a favorite at the Music in the Park concerts and are known in the
area for their surf inspired music. The concert series is presented
by the Laguna Beach Arts Commission and Music in the Park Inc. Music
in the park is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bluebird Canyon Park, at Bluebird
Canyon Drive and Cress Street.
On Thursday the Laguna Art Museum will presents the surf movie
“Loose Change.” The movie looks at the question, “What would a pro
surfer be doing if he didn’t surf?” It’s filled with surfing segments
following Rob Machado who plays the surf slacker traveling around
looking for work. On his journey he meets up with the best surfers of
today and their non-surfing counterparts. Taylor Steele directs the
Surfer magazine called those featured, “the most progressive and
stylish surfers on earth.” The museum’s surf film series will be
shown at Laguna South Coast Cinema at 162 S. Coast Highway, one block
south of Broadway. All films are at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and
tickets are $10.
Laguna Art Museum is at 307 Cliff Drive. Information: 494-6531.
Art Festivals nearing an end
Don’t forget that we are nearing the end of our very beloved art
festivals and there’s plenty going on at all of them everyday and
The Festival of Arts has concerts, exhibits, art classes and
docent lead tours among the exhibiting artists. There is so much to
see and do. The festival is at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Laguna Beach.
Residents are free with identification every day. Information:
494-1145. Sawdust Festival is on its final leg of the season too.
This art show features Laguna Beach artists only. Plus the Sawdust
has music galore, entertainment and art classes. The Sawdust Art
Festival is at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Information: 494-3030.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321.